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About the Alki History Project

The mission of the Alki History Project is to document, explore and interpret the history of the Alki neighborhood of Seattle from its earliest settlement and habitation by Native Americans until current times.  Particular attention is given to the process of urbanization, and the influence of natural resources, available technology and land forms upon the Alki area’s growth and development.  

The Alki neighborhood is defined as that part of the City of Seattle lying west of 55th Avenue SW, north of SW Spokane Street and south and east of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. Alki is about 280 acres in size and is home to nearly 4,000.  


           Alki Location, Seattle, Washington, USA

The work of the Alki History Project could not be possible without the aid and support of public and private archives and collections.  Particular attention and appreciation is extended to the Washington Secretary of State, the Oregon, Nebraska and Minnesota Historical Societies, the Museum of History and Industry, the Seattle Municipal and King County Archives, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, the Library of Congress, University of Washington Libraries and Seattle Public Library.

This web site is organic and evolving.  As work and research are completed, additions to this web site are made.  Revisions to posted works will be made as indicated by new research.  Contributions to the Alki History Project knowledgebase, including,  maps, drawings, business and civic organization records, scrapbooks, letters, papers, photos, diaries and newspaper and magazine clippings bringing to light Alki history and people’s reactions and thoughts to living on Alki or Alki events are welcome.

All work product of the Alki History Project, including this web site, are copyrighted but permission is granted for fair use for non-commercial, educational and scholarly purposes with attribution.  Notice of actual or projected use of Project materials is appreciated (it makes us feel worthwhile).

Contact The Alki History Project here.



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